Per Nyström

Per Nyström is a Swedish cellist, co-founder & artistic director of Aurora Chamber Music.

Mr. Nystrom runs ACM together with project manager Ola Larsson.

ACM has in seven years become one of the world’s biggest platforms for classical festivals & master classes, attracting the most sought- after classical artists and professors.

ACMis an active influence in the international chamber music life by its extensive production of concerts, festivals, network building, and master classes for young artists from all over the world.

Over 1600 young artists from 5 continents, master-students and artists in the early stage of their careers, have performed and received master classes at Aurora since the start in 2006.

In the three annual Aurora festivals & master classes, Mr. Nystrom gives approximately 150 chamber music lessons a year as teacher and playing leader.


Mr. Nystrom is also co-founder of The Yggdrasil String Quartet,1990 – 2001, Sweden’s most internationally acclaimed and successful string quartet.

The Yggdrasil Quartet emerged as one of the most exciting new string quartets in the 1990s and became a champion of new quartet music in Europe.

After intense studying with György Kurtág and Norbert Brainin the quartet were prizewinners in the major string quartet competitions in London and Melbourne.

With several award winning recordings the Yggdrasil Quartet made international career with about 100 concerts a year worldwide, playing string quartet on a full-time basis with a repertoire embracing some 250 works.

Contemporary composers were attracted by their virtuosity and sympathy for modern style. The leading British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies wrote a Quintet for Trumpet and Strings for the Yggdrasil and trumpeter John Wallace. Yggdrasil Quartet collaborated with Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie in the premiere of Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s Quintet for Percussion and string quartet.

Their first recording was a set of string quartets by Icelandic composer Jon Leifs, which went on to win the Cannes MIDEM Award for the best chamber music disc of 1996. They recorded the complete quartets of their countryman Franz Berwald. This release was nominated for a Gramophone Award.

1995-2000 Yggdrasil Quartet was Quartet in Residence at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where the members are Honorary Fellows for life.

When the Yggdrasil stopped playing in 2001, they were just chosen to become Quartet in residence at the Wigmore Hall in the next three years to come.


Mr. Nystrom is also principal cellist of Camerata Nordica, one of Sweden’s foremost chamber orchestras.

With Camerata Nordica Mr. Nystrom has toured all over the world and made numerous recordings and appearances as a leader and soloist.

Mr. Nystrom is also engaged as principal cellist in several Nordic chamber – and symphony orchestras, and frequently invited as a guest at chambermusic festivals.

Mr. Nystrom is playing on a Giuseppe & Antonio Gagliano of Naples from 1796 on which he recently started to record all the Bach suites for solo cello.


Mr. Nystrom is born 1968 and lives today in Gothenburg.

After several years of study with Guido Vecchi in Gothenburg Mr. Nystrom studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm for Ola Karlsson.

After that back to Gothenburg and the two-year soloist diploma for Torleif Thedéen.

During these years, Mr. Nystrom studied with William Pleeth in London.

Debut recital 1993, and debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra the following year.

Per lifts 200 kg in the dead-lift, and was 2013 awarded by Swedish King the medal ‘Litteris et Artibus’ for his achievements as cellist.